- Bushwhack Southeast, 200 rods, to Cummings
Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
No. 16, Burntside
- DNR Lake No. 690xxx
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 1
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Wail is a small, shallow lake in the
Moose River drainage, 25½ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 13¾
miles northwest of Ely. Set in a broad, low, boggy area, Wail is an
elongated teardrop in form, less than ½ mile in length. It
cannot be very deep. There are no maintained portages into Wail.
The lowland forests around Wail have grown up since the big fire year
of 1894. Those stands on the higher ground to the east are older,
dating back as far as the stand replacing fires of 1755. The Wail
area was not significantly damaaged by the blowdowns of Independence Day
Wail is not on any maintained route and
supports no established campsites.
Wail is on the way to nowhere, and unlikely
to be a destination in its own right, unless you're camped near the northeast
end of Cummings and looking for a vigorous,
and mucky, afternoon hike.
Wail should be a good lake for moose;
just one big dinner plate.
Notes and Comments
Wail is also known as Hicks. If you
do get in to Wail/Hicks send us a photo. We'll publish it here.
(It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will get to see this lake.)
Last updated on
11 April, 2004